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The Pros and Cons of Venture Funding

An instant infusion of cash is an enticing business proposition, but is accepting money from outsiders in your best interest? Consider the following pros and cons before seeking venture funding …

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3 Startup Ideas on the Rise (and 3 on the Way Out)

The long-term outlook for your chosen industry is an important thing to consider when you’re deciding whether to take the plunge into small-business ownership. Getting stuck holding last year’s bag …

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Pet Smart: 4 Startup Ideas for Dog Lovers

You love your own canine companion, so recently you started thinking about running a dog-related business. It’s a potentially lucrative niche: More than 46 million U.S. households include at least …

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How to Choose the Right Location for Your Shop

Aspiring retailers, take note: What you sell may not be as important as where you sell it. Choosing the right location is often crucial to creating a successful store, because …

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5 Great Podcasts for Small-Business Owners

Looking for inspiration? Apple’s iTunes store offers hundreds of thousands of free audio and video podcasts on just about every subject under the sun. Many of these topics, from increasing …

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5 Tips for Launching a Successful Online Dating Site

You’ve always had a knack for matchmaking at dinner parties, so why not offer your talent to a wider market by launching an online dating site? When done right, these …

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4 Ways to Turn Your Urban Homestead into a Business

Chicken coops, vegetable gardens, and rainwater collectors are popping up in backyards across the U.S., as a new breed of DIYers known as urban homesteaders strive to become more self-sufficient. …

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How to Start a Baking Business Without a Commercial Kitchen

Most state laws mandate that any food products sold to the public must be prepared in a commercial kitchen. But opening a retail bakery is a big investment for an …

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Business Coach Pamela Slim on How to Escape Your Office Cubicle

Pamela Slim is a business coach, author, and speaker who helps frustrated employees break out of their corporate jobs to start their own businesses. Her blog Escape From Cubicle Nation …

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Fostering More Female Tech Entrepreneurs [VIDEO]

When it comes to women working in Silicon Valley technology businesses — particularly women at the helm — the numbers remain painfully small. Less than 5 percent of tech startups …

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8 Great Small Businesses from TV Land

We’ve already tipped our cap to some of the brilliant entrepreneurs of the big screen. Television has created some memorable small businesses over the years, too. Some of them might …

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Want to Franchise Your Business? Ask Yourself These Four Important Questions

Ever had a customer say, “You really ought to franchise this idea?” That’s often how a business owner turns to franchising, according to Paul R. Segreto, President and CEO of …

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8 Cities that Support their Small Businesses

Whether you’re looking to relocate or expand your company, you should consider taking a closer look at municipalities that are doing a good job supporting their local small businesses. Here …

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Are You Financially Ready to Quit Your Day Job?

Your entrepreneurial spirit is ablaze and you’re ready to plunge into the uncertain world of self-employment. But is your bank account equipped to relinquish the security of steady income? If …

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The 5 Best Blogs on Starting a Business

Most people have dreamed of starting a business, whether it’s a doggie day care facility or a marketing consulting firm. But, faced with the challenges of financing, marketing, and actually …

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